Outside time in cold weather?

Aunt Caffy

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Could I take my baby tort outside in colder weather if I put him in a container with a Hot Hands warmer? I want him to get some natural sunlight, but it's been getting cold.
 

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About which degrees were talking about?
 

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And what species of tort? Some can tolerate "cooler" weather than others, and sometimes it'll be 42 degrees outside, but the ground can be 10 degrees hotter with sunlight.
 

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My Rowan's a little Cherryhead redfoot.

This weekend we had some 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Right now, I've got him out since it's in the 70s.
 

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Will the lid be on? A lot of glass/plastics block out UVB, so having some natural sunlight through a container might be a bit ineffective!
If the warmers heat up the whole container enough so that he's feeling toasty (and the degree outside is still reasonable!) I think it'd be okay, but I'm not sure he'll actually get anything out of it! :confused:
 

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I wouldn't want them breathing the cold air.

I take my tropical species outside for sun when its as low as 60, but I sun them in black tubs with no substrate. In direct sun these tubs et as warm as 85-90 degrees.

Use a temp gun and thermometer early and often if you do this. I closely monitor wind, cloud cover, surface and carapace temps when I do this. It is only worth doing mid day, since there is little UV in winter sun in the mornings or late afternoons.
 

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If I recall your in Dallas area? Were perfectly fine for outside time right now during the day. At night and morning I wouldn't take him out.
 

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If I recall your in Dallas area? Were perfectly fine for outside time right now during the day. At night and morning I wouldn't take him out.
Yep, I'm in the Dallas area.

I love taking him outside and getting to watch him walk around.
 
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